Breckenridge Brewery will expand their barrel aged offerings nationwide, with the release of Barrel Aged 72 Imperial. For the first time, the Colorado brewery will package its specialty barrel-aged beers in large format and ship it to all 37 states to which they currently distribute.
Barrel Aged 72 Imperial is the brewery’s chocolate cream stout made with 400 lbs of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory chocolate, then aged in whiskey barrels.
“It’s very exciting that we’ll have the ability to produce these unique, one-off beers at a significantly larger scale,” remarks Todd Usry, Brewmaster and Director of Brewing Operations at Breckenridge Brewery. “Until now, distribution of our barrel-aged varieties has been mostly limited to our home market due to capacity constraints. With the features in place at our new brewery, we’re going to be able to share these notable releases with consumers across the country.”
Breckenridge Barrel Aged 72 Imperial will be available in 22oz bottles in all 37 states the they currently distribute to.
Westbrook Brewing Company is rolling up on their 4th Anniversary, and that means a new birthday offering.
Westbrook 4th Anniversary is an imperial stout, brewed with chocolate, coconut, and almonds. The coconutty offering was brewed on December 5th, 2014, for release timeframe purposes.
Westbrook 1st Anniversary was Mexican Cake, first released in 2012. The
demands requests for it were so high, it has become an annual release with barrel aged variants. The 2nd Anniversary was Cap’n Skoon’s Ballistic Stout.
Westbrook 3rd Anniversary was Chocolate Orange Stout. 4th Anniversary Chocolate Coconut Almond Imperial Stout will be available in 22oz bottles and draft. The brewery suggests drinking 4th Anniversary as fresh as possible (even if it IS 10% ABV.)
Ed note: Article update corrected 2nd Anniversary release.
River Rat Brewery (Columbia, SC) has released My Morning Stout, brewed with coffee, cocoa nibs, vanilla beans.
…Finally without further adieu, we are releasing our “My Morning Stout”! Made with a special roast coffee, cocoa nibs and vanilla beans. You can truly enjoy this beer anytime of day or night with a smile!
River Rat My Morning Stout goes on sale today.
Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, FL) just launched the seventh batch of 110K + OT this week. The brewery subtitles this release – “Death By Chocolate.”
Cigar City 110K+OT Batch 7 is a strong porter, brewed with cocoa nibs from Ecuador and the Dominican Republic.
Currently on tap at Cigar City, bottles will hit distribution soon.
Prairie Artisan Ales Christmas Bomb! has hit shelves. Based loosely on the Bomb! Imperial Stout, this festive version is brewed with spices reminiscent of the season.
The regular edition of Bomb! is an imperial stout aged on espresso beans, chocolate, vanilla beans, and ancho chile peppers, finishing at bold 13% The brewery has not disclosed the extra seasonal spices in Christmas Bomb!
Prairie Christmas Bomb! is available in 12oz bottles.
Arrival: Mid to Late November, 2014
Check out the Home Alone references on the label…
Firestone Walker is now shipping a four bottle bundle that contains Velvet Mocha Merlin. The beer is seasonal offering Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout infused with Intelligentsia espresso beans and cocoa nibs.
All of the smooth textures and roasty dark chocolate goodness of our seasonal Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout with the added infusion of Intelligentsia Coffee House aromas and cocoa dusted chocolate truffle flavors.
Firestone Walker Velvet Mocha Merlin is only available in the Winter Bundle pack.
Availability: 22oz Bottles. Winter Bundle Only. Draft, Limited
Release: November, 2014
5.5% ABV, 27 IBUs
New Belgium plans on revisiting a past Lips of Faith offering again in the near future -Cocoa Mole. The dark and spicy offering joined the Lips of Faith series back in 2012.
The base beer is a porter, brewed with cocoa and chili peppers, based on Spanish mole sauce.
Say hola to a spiced up ale full of cocoa, and ancho, guajillo, chipotle peppers, but don’t fear the head, because plenty of caramel and chocolate malts bring a smooth, complex flavor, scents of cinnamon when poured will have a saying “idle for mole!”
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